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Skype International

Many of us have used and are currently using Skype to contact our friends and family, it has been very useful. Now Skype has let people use the Beta of Skype Translate without having to sign up for it. This only works for text chat, but is still pretty awesome for those of us that chat with international clients on a regular basis.

Today, we’re excited to announce that we’re making it easier to obtain the Skype Translator preview by removing the sign-up requirement. Simply download the Skype Translator preview application from the Windows Store for your Windows 8.1 or Windows 10 preview PC or tablet – no waiting or sign-up needed – use it as soon as you download it!

Source: SkypeBlogs

Smartphone Action

Samsung has dropped a few hints of a new Marvel themed device and we've seen a few images of it floating around the web. That's right, they have an Ironman themed Galaxy S6 and it looks incredible! Of course, if you want it to stay looking great, you'll put a cheap plastic case on it and it will just look like every other phone. Still, super cool!

Avengers Phones

 

In other phone news, the Elephone P6000 has been unboxed over at Neowin as well and this device seems to leave them wanting. Of course, you have to remember that this is a very cost-effective phone, and Elephones upcoming P7000 looks to improve dramatically on all accounts. Still, if you want a really solid device, check it out.

The Elephone P6000 is one of the phones that have pushed for the redefinition of the words "entry level." Packing 2 GB of RAM, a quad-core SoC and a GPU that can play Asphalt 8 at the highest setting without issues, it feels much closer to a midrange phone but is priced at barely $130.

Source: Neowin & Neowin

Aftershokz @ CES 2013

We met AfterShokz last year at CES and they were bringing to market their first product - the AfterShokz Sport.  Since then they have lauched the Sportz 2 and Sportz M2.  The M2 has a microphone and is still very much a current product for them.  They did announce and have some working samples of the upcoming AfterShokz Bluez.  This is a Bluetooth version that is based off the Sportz M2 and has a microphone, as well as full media player functionality.

Bluez

 

The media player functionality looks a little strained with some of the controls located on the back of the headset and other controls located on each ear(ahem) cheek-piece.  Time will tell how this works in the real world.  Typically, AfterShokz put a fair bit of thought into usage as these are designed to be worn while running and working out.

Shockz

Check out all of our CES coverage here and our galleries over here.

Miiverse for PC and Smartphones

One thing that seems to be a somewhat decent feature with the WiiU is Miiverse. It is social network for the WiiU community, that will be expanding to smartphones and web-browsers soon. The release date is supposed to be sometime in April or May. It should be interesting to see if it will be a hit or just another attempt by Nintendo to do something out of the ordinary. Read more about it at the links provided below.

"Miiverse will be key part of the Wii U console and will be available at launch. The social network will connect players who have Mii profiles on the same system, and connect players from around the world via the Nintendo Network. Miiverse will be free to use for all Wii U players and won’t carry a price nor a subscription plan. Miiverse is based on web-browser technologies, which means it will be accessible from any browser enabled device in the world, including phones, tablets, and more.  To be a tad more specific, Miiverse producer Kiyoshi Mizuki stated that the app would be available in April or May, though a firm date has yet to be pinned down."

Source(s): WiiUDaily, IGN

Rosewill @ CES 2014

We had the chance to stop by and see Rosewill at CES 2014 and saw a whole bunch of new products. Rosewill produces a ton of different products and they seem to always be releasing new products so we had a bit of catching up to do.


Rosewill had a whole variety of cases on display and this year they've got some very nice looking aluminum cases that they have just released. Typically aluminum cases cost a fair bit more than steel cases but Rosewill has a couple offerings that won't break the bank and will make it look like you spent a whole lot more than you actually did.


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Rosewill Case Lineup @ CES 2014


Rosewill had quite a few new products on display from their gaming lineup which included gaming keyboards, gaming mice, mousepads, headesets, and pretty much anything else a gamer would need. 


Another interesting product launch from Rosewill is their R-Studio lineup of earbuds. Rosewill has released 3 versions and you can expect to find them ranging from around $39.99 USD (F-340's)-up to $59.99 USD (F-860's). We have seen quite a few earbud offerings at CES 2014 but Rosewill's are some of the more affordable ones we've come across and we look forward to taking a close look at them in the future.


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Rosewill R-Studio E-860, E-550, and E-340 Earbuds

Check out more pictures in the gallery here - as well as more of our CES 2014 coverage here.

 

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